Manchester City fans celebrated with a modest turnout outside the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening after retaining the Premier League title. One fan took the opportunity to fire a dig at Arsenal, bringing with him a bottle with ‘Arsenal’ written on it. This was in reference to Arsenal’s recent form, having been accused of ‘bottling’ the Premier League in recent weeks as their eight-point lead at the start of April has been completely wiped out by Pep Guardiola’s side. In their last eight games, the Gunners have registered just nine out of a possible 24 points, while City have have won 11 consecutive matches in the Premier League to pull clear of their title rivals.
City, who have won their fifth title in the last six seasons, play Chelsea at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon and could open up a seven-point gap between themselves and Arsenal, who have played two games more. Ilkay Gundogan, City midfielder, said: ‘To have helped the club win a third straight Premier League title is something very special. The Premier League is without doubt the most demanding and competitive league in the world so that tells you everything about what an achievement this is. This squad is so talented and so special and to have been captain this season has been an enormous privilege. I would also like to thank Pep, all the backroom staff and everyone who works across this football club. Every single day they help provide us as players with everything we need in order to try to be successful. To have won this trophy three times in a row and five times in six years is incredible. That quality and consistency helps sum up what Manchester City stand for and ensures the club will continue to strive for success going forward. It has been a season I will never forget.’